All of our critical equipment, and I think AC for chemical storage would qualify, is plugged into special outlets (denoted by orange color) which are supported by our in-house generator in case of power failure. This was put in place a number of years ago after a devastating power outage that left many research labs without power and valuable samples were compromised. We also recently had a planned power outage so the local electric utility could replace oil in our transformer and this system for backup power generation worked flawlessly. We have had to close our university twice in the last couple of months because of severe storms that resulted in power outages. Not all of the building/classrooms have the backup power but the critical equipment in labs was protected.
Rachel E. Harrington, MPH, CHMM
Director- Office of Environmental, Health and Safety
Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
3333 Green Bay Road
North Chicago, IL 60064
LIFE IN DISCOVERY
I'm the CHO at a small private college. How do others at similar facilities ensure chemistry labs and strorerooms do not become dangerously hot? We of course have central air but sometimes even with that the rooms get warm, so we intalled window AC units to supplement. However, recently our power went out for several hours due to a thundertorm and neither system worked, resulting in high temperatures which of course is such a concern for volatile compounds. I learned of the power outage several hours after it occurred.
We are now talking of purchasing a generator. Do any of you have this same worry? Do you have a generator?
Thanks for feedback.
Lab Mananger and CHO
120 N. State St.
Dover, DE 19901
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